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Florida Hospital North Pinellas is proud to offer world-class services to cancer patients in our community. From our minimally invasive surgical procedures to our comprehensive breast cancer treatment program, we are dedicated to providing each of our patients with the best possible care.
Anchored by some of the best physicians and surgeons in the area, our cancer team taps the expertise of a range of specialists, including anesthesiologists, radiologists, nurse practitioners and registered nurses, as well as highly qualified technical and support staff members, to ensure that our patients have access to cutting-edge treatments in a compassionate, patient-centered environment throughout their continuum of care. 
Our hospital has been in this community for nearly 90 years, and we’re honored by the trust you’ve placed in us. Exceptional people providing exceptional care—at Florida Hospital North Pinellas, that’s not just a motto, that’s our mission. 

The Surgical Institute

The Surgical Institute at Florida Hospital North Pinellas offers innovative, cutting-edge treatments to members of our community who are battling cancer. All of our treatments and services aim to provide each patient with the highest degree of wellness possible, based on the patient’s individual needs. We partner with our patients and their families to ensure patient-centered care that addresses not only the patient’s medical needs, but also his or her right to honesty, dignity and clarity. 
The West Coast Medical Group (WCMG) at the Surgical Institute features premier surgeons both from our community and the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Their specialties include general and vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, breast cancer treatment, breast reconstruction and melanoma treatment. 
Our surgeons—and all of the supporting staff members and nurses at the West Coast Medical Group—emphasize a comprehensive approach to patient care, beginning with the patient’s primary care physician and tapping into the experience and expertise of Florida Hospital North Pinellas’ anesthesiologists, radiologists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and technical and support staff. 
We strive to offer our community an advanced level of surgical care, as well as state-of-the-art technologies and techniques, by marrying the resources of the USF College of Medicine (which include a number of clinical trials testing the cutting edge of cancer medicine), the WCMG’s highly skilled surgeons, and the resources and staff of Florida Hospital North Pinellas, all so you can rest assured that you are in good hands with us. 
The Surgical Institute is happy to accept new patients. If you’d like to make an appointment with one of our experts, or you’d just like more information about our programs and services, give us a call today at (727) 934-6797. 

Our Surgeons

The expert surgeons at the Surgical Institute include: 
  • Douglas S. Reintgen, MD, FACS: A surgical oncologist, Dr. Reintgen graduated from Duke University Medical School in 1979 and completed his residency in general surgery at Duke in 1987. He matriculated to USF as an assistant professor and became the program leader of the Cutaneous Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center from 1987 to 2002. While at Moffitt, he was part of the clinical research team that developed the lymphatic mapping technique for patients with melanoma and breast cancer, teaching the procedure to over 4,000 physicians throughout the world. He has been a visiting professor at 21 universities throughout the world, and has been named one of the best cancer specialists for women in the United States. In 2002, he left USF to become the founding Director of the Lakeland Regional Cancer Center. Dr. Reintgen is today a professor of surgery at the USF College of Medicine and serves as Director of Cancer Initiatives at USF.
  • Louis I. Astra, MD, FACS: Dr. Astra performs general, vascular and thoracic surgery. He is board certified through the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He completed his medical education at the University of Pittsburgh, finishing his residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and his fellowship at Ohio State University. 
  • Effie Pappas Politis, MD: Dr. Politis performs plastic and reconstructive surgery. She has extensive training in multiple surgeries, including microvascular, breast, craniofacial, maxillofacial and extremity trauma, and oncologic head and neck surgeries. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida with a double major in molecular biology and classical studies. She then graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and completed plastic surgery studies at the University of South Florida, where she is an adjunct professor. 

Our Programs

In partnership with the Surgical Institute, Florida Hospital North Pinellas offers our neighbors in Tarpon Springs premier cancer services, in concert with our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ to our community. No matter what type of cancer you’re battling, we’ve got the tools, technology, expertise and experience to give you an excellent chance at making a full recovery.